Elizabeth Schuyler: A Story of Old New York

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Press of Isaac H. Blanchard Company, 1903 - 256 Seiten
 

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Seite 62 - ... mercenary aid on which you rely, for it irritates, to an incurable resentment, the minds of your enemies, to overrun them with the mercenary sons of rapine and plunder, devoting them and their possessions to the rapacity of hireling cruelty. If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms — never — never — never!
Seite 63 - That God and nature put into our hands!" I know not what ideas that Lord may entertain of God and nature; but I know, that such abominable principles are equally abhorrent to religion and humanity.— What! to attribute the sacred sanction of God and nature to the massacres of the Indian scalping-knife— to the cannibal savage torturing, murdering, roasting, and eating; literally, my Lords, eating the mangled victims of his barbarous battles!
Seite 64 - I rejoice that the grave has not closed upon me ; that I am still alive to lift up my voice against the dismemberment of this ancient and most noble monarchy ! Pressed down as I am by the hand of infirmity, I am little able to assist my country in this most perilous conjuncture ; but, my Lords, while I have sense and memory, I will never consent...
Seite 62 - We do not know the worst ; but we know that in three campaigns we have done nothing and suffered much.
Seite 64 - In God's name, if it is absolutely necessary to declare either for peace or war, and the former cannot be preserved with honour, why is not the latter commenced without hesitation. I am not, I confess, well informed of the resources of this kingdom, but I trust it has still sufficient to maintain its just rights, though I know them not.
Seite 62 - You may swell every expense, and every effort, still more extravagantly ; pile and accumulate every assistance you can buy or borrow ; traffic and barter with every little pitiful German prince that sells and sends his subjects to the shambles of a foreign prince ; your efforts are for ever vain and impotent ; doubly so from this mercenary aid on which you rely.
Seite 64 - Shall a people, that seventeen years ago was the terror of the world, now stoop so low as to tell its ancient inveterate enemy, take all we have, only give us peace?
Seite 64 - ... why is not the latter commenced without hesitation ? I am not, I confess, well informed of the resources of this kingdom, but I trust it has still sufficient to maintain its just rights, though I know them not. But, my lords, any state is better than despair. Let us, at least, make one effort ; and, if we must fall, let us fall like men...
Seite 194 - The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation...
Seite 123 - I have been affected by a refusal to reconduct me back the next night as I had been brought. Thus become a prisoner, I had to concert my escape. I quitted my uniform, and was passed another way in the night without the American posts, to neutral ground, and informed I was beyond all armed parties, and left to press for New York.

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